Megan Hess launches Claris the Mouse High Tea at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Ooh la la! Calling all mini-fashionistas and stylish young – and young at heart -francophiles, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is hosting decadent high teas this winter, inspired by Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ acclaimed children’s book character, Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris.

Every Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm through October 13, Atelier restaurant on Level 3 of the French-inspired Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will be transformed into a wonderful world of tea cups, cupcakes, choux and macarons, filled to bursting with style, Parisian chic and plenty of roses in the prettiest pink – Claris’ favourite blooms.

Created by acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess, Claris is everyone’s favourite mouse, whose tales of compassion, courage and innate sense of style are brought to life in the beautifully designed and popular rhyming picture books of Claris: the Chicest Mouse in Paris and now the highly anticipated follow-up, Fashion Show Fiasco.

“I was inspired to write about Claris after one of my trips to Paris,” says Hess. “I was sitting on my hotel balcony and I thought I saw a little mouse on a neighbouring rooftop scurrying across the building. I remember thinking how wonderfully chic it would be to live in Paris, even if you were only a tiny little mouse! At that moment I realised that this needed to be the story for my first children’s book, which is something I had wanted to write for years following on from the joy I have had developing my fashion books.”

But nothing matches fashion quite like compassion, which is why Claris is inviting all her readers to share in her high tea and enjoy some of her favourite French pastries, including delicious macarons, marshmallows, and delicate choux, all served on her specially designed, limited-edition fine porcelain plates with matching cutlery. And luckily for grown-ups, the experience is not just for children but for all those who appreciate a delicious French-inspired gourmet experience, washed down by the finest tea or French bubbles. Bon appétit!

“Being able to bring to life the colourful world of Claris with an iconic French brand such as Sofitel, which epitomises elegance and free-spirited joie de vivre, was just the perfect match,” Hess adds.

The Claris the Mouse High Tea menu has been specially created by Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Head Pastry Chef, Puti Firmansyah, responsible for all the delicious dessert creations at the hotel. Greg Brady, General Manager, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, comments: “Sofitel is all about living the French way – indulging in and celebrating life’s little pleasures, and having an innate appreciation of beauty, elegance and style. This is why we are delighted to be partnering with Megan Hess. With her intimate understanding of Parisian chic and prestigious collaborations with Dior, Cartier and Ladurée under her – stylish – belt, Megan was the perfect creative partner to design this French-inspired culinary experience.”

The Claris the Mouse High Tea at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour costs $69 per person ($35 for children 11 and under) and includes free-flowing tea and coffee, pink lemonade for younger guests, a selection of savoury and sweet treats, and a chocolate fountain. Younger guests attending High Tea will leave with a Claris the Mouse gift bag. AccorPlus members enjoy a 15% discount.

Source: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour


Hush Puppies are back: The Dad sneaker trend has been overtaken by Grandpa

Move over Dad sneakers. Grandpa’s here! This month, Hush Puppies Australia have thrown it way back to 1999, the year they first launched the original Power Walkers range.

In a league of their own, Hush Puppies have zoomed right past the ‘Dad sneakers’ trend, making wayfor the ‘OG Style’ (Original Grandpa Style), the newest sneaker trend for consumers to sink their feet into.

Just like your Nan’s signature hair do, since launching 20 years ago nothing about the Power Walkershas changed…until now! Everyone’s favourite geriatric shoe has had a colourful makeover, now available in fresh new hues of Silver Metallic, Seafoam, Surf Blue and Shrimp. Who doesn’t love ashrimp coloured grandpa shoe?

The bulky, colourful and let’s be honest, mildly orthopaedic style embraces the ‘ugly’, with Grandpatrend-setters able choose between traditional lace ups or a snazzy, double velcro strap. Featuring Hush Puppies signature comfort technology, Power Walkers are genuine leather, breathable and comfortable, adding a spring to your every step – if you don’t belive us, just ask your grandparents, they’ve be rocking their Puppies for years!

Retailing for $159.95, there’s a limited number of pairs available online so while you’ll be Grandpa styling, don’t be too slow to jump on this trend as these Puppies won’t last long.

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FENDI X Jackson Wang Capsule Collection

FENDI has announced the launch of a special Capsule Collection created in collaboration with Jackson Wang, popular singer, songwriter and the Maison’s brand ambassador in China.

Realized under the Creative Direction of Silvia Venturini Fendi, the Capsule Collection combines Jackson Wang’s cool and recognizable style with the FENDI DNA, giving life to modern and luxurious pieces that break the boundaries between fashion and music.

The black colour and the tone-on-tone iconic FF logo – used all-over or in the form of a band – are the main signatures of this Capsule Collection which features a selection of ready-to-wear pieces, a Baguettebag– which just made its debut for Men – a clutch and a baseball hat, as well as running sneakers and slide sandals. A special ‘FENDI Team Wang’ logo adds an exclusive touch to all pieces.

Black velvet and chenille define the looks of the Capsule, including a formal suit and more easy-to-wear and comfortable pieces like jumpers, t-shirts and trousers. The accessories include a black leather Baguette bag with the FF logo in velvet, embroidered on the frontal flap. The same workmanship is used on the hand strap of a black leather clutch.

Peppered by the FF logo and velvety details, the shoes showcase the Maison’s attention to details and love for experimentation: the running sneakers are realized in technical knit, whilst the slide sandals feature an innovative air sole. A baseball hat in chenille with the FF logo all-over completes the accessories’ offer.

The FENDI x Jackson Wang Capsule Collection launches in 33 selected FENDI boutiques and on fendi.cn.

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David Jones reintroduces David Jones Home Collection

David Jones has reintroduced the David Jones Home Collection, a considered range of contemporary homeware available in all David Jones stores and online for SS19. For the first time since its conception in 2008, the David Jones Home Collection is now designed, packaged and curated under a single, cohesive brand presence.

The comprehensive collection of elevated essentials spans bed linen, tableware, glassware, napery, bakeware and home décor with a renewed focus on refined detailing and high quality materials.

Chris Wilson, David Jones General Manager of Home, AV, Menswear and Kids, said: “The relaunch of David Jones Home Collection is a product of many years of meticulous planning and design. Our objective for the SS19 collection has been to reintroduce the range with a versatile, timeless, unified offering, and the result of this is superbly crafted homeware that appeals to our customers’ aesthetic and provides a premium solution for their homes.”

A modernised palette of chalky pastels and warm neutrals underpin the collection, adding a softness to the clean shapes and natural fibres of the range. Dimensional textiles and yarn dyed linens capture the essence of the season and translate seamlessly from home, to beach house, to outdoor entertaining.

David Jones Home Collection SS19 is available in all stores and online, joining the 180 year old department store’s popular existing ranges by David Jones including Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, and Food.

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Lululemon launch limited-edition Barry's Bootcamp collection

Athletic apparel company lululemon has joined forces with Barry’s Bootcamp (Barry’s) to release a limited edition capsule collection. Available on the 22nd July, the collection is called ‘Stonger as One’ which is an ethos both brands live by, through a combined love of sweating and building community.

Over a year in the making, the lululemon design team worked closely with Barry’s instructors to design pieces that perform in and out of the Red Room (Barry’s high intensity training studio). The 28 piece collection is a versatile assortment for men and women, driven by insights from Barry’s best trainers, created to tackle sweaty problems that arise whilst working out.

“Through research we discovered that the Barry’s community wanted to feel powerful, confident, held-in, and bold during their workouts. Using these insights and through the lens of lululemon’s Science of Feel, we designed a close-to-body, distraction-free collection that helps you push your potential.” – Audrey Reilly, SVP, Women’s Design, lululemon.

Full of technical solves, the women’s pieces are functional, fierce and feminine, featuring crop tops, mesh fabric and low arm holes. For men, pieces feature anti-stink technology, abrasion-resistant panels and quick drying fabrics. A Barry’s workout is high-intensity, so all elements have been taken into consideration to ensure guests can complete the optimum workout. 

“The collection reflects the reinvention of a red colour palette, head-to-toe versatility, and body-framing silhouettes. Each piece is infused with functional detailing that blend both the lululemon and Barry’s aesthetic – you’ll see this in our anti-abrasion panels on our shorts and pants. We wanted to create a collection that offers all you need at Barry’s, to work out and feel good afterwards.” – Ben Stubbington, SVP, Men’s Design, lululemon

lululemon is celebrating the collaboration by hosting two community classes, featuring Barry’s instructors on Sunday, 28th July at The Drill Hall in Sydney. Spaces are extremely limited and you can sign up via Eventbrite, link here.

A global release, the Stronger as One collection from lululemon and Barry’s Bootcamp will be available at select lululemon stores, lululemon.com.au and in all Barry’s studios, three locations in Sydney and one arriving soon in Melbourne.

Source: Lululemon